Constitution Week

Students from Samuel W Tucker and Mount Vernon Community School. Courtesy photo.

Alexandria celebrated the 231st birthday of the U. S. Constitution on September 17, 2018 at 10 a.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall. Mayor Allison Silberberg signed the Proclamation after reading it aloud.

Participating in the event were students from T C Williams High School, Mount Vernon Community School, Samuel W. Tucker Public School and Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy. Also attending were the new Superintendent of Education Gregory Hutchings, other School Board staff and many members of five local chapters of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

DAR ladies: from chapters: John Alexander, Dr. Elisha Dick, Nelly Custis, Mt. Vernon, and Kate Waller Barrett: from left to right: Susan Palmer, Ruth Bennett, Katy Kane, Lisa-Helene Lawson, Linda Greenberg, Superintendent Hutchings, Mayor Silberberg, Mary Kasik, Gail Egen, Margaret Powell, Marylou Wall, Ellen Tabb and Cindy Mitchell. Courtesy photo.

Of note, Mount Vernon Community School students sang America the Beautiful in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. It was a moving performance.

Linda Greenberg, the Constitution Week Chair for the John Alexander Chapter organized the event and welcomed the students and guests.

The tradition of commemorating the U S Constitution began in 1956 after the Daughters of the American Revolution petitioned Congress to dedicate the week of September 17-23 to celebrate the signing of the U S Constitution. The date of the signing was September 17, 1787. The DAR promotes historic preservation and patriotism, particularly the vital role of the U S Constitution.

There are over 130 chapters of the DAR in Virginia representing over 9,000 women. For more information about the DAR contact Linda Greenberg at lindaroseveargreenberg@comcast.net.